After qualifying for the Europa League final on Thursday, Mancheseter United turned their attention to Aston Villa. Despite a fast start to the first half, United were stunned by a quality strike from Bertrand Traore in the 24th minute. Despite sustaining the pressure, United couldn’t break through Villa’s tough defence. That changed in the second half though, with Paul Pogba winning a penalty that was swiftly converted by Bruno Fernandes. A little over 4 minutes later, Mason Greenwood got in on the action with a brilliant turn and finish to hand United the lead. Edinson Cavani came on to score his 5th goal in his last three appearances to seal the game for the Red Devils.
Dean Henderson – 6.5/10
Henderson had a quiet game, with most of his saves being fairly simple catches. Not much he could have done for Villa’s goal, and he did well to not give away a penalty and tricked Watkins in to diving, which led to the striker being sent off.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7/10
An overall good game from Wan-Bissaka, however some of his basics were a little sloppy. He needlessly gave posession away on a couple of occasions, but he kept El Ghazi pretty quiet for the majority of the game and provided Greenwood with an assist.
Victor Lindelof – 5/10
A bit of a poor display from Lindelof today, as he seemed to be a little rushed and did not deal with the physicality of Villa’s front line well.
Harry Maguire – 7/10
Although his had to come off injured, Maguire had a very solid game at the back, keeping Watkins quiet up until he came off. He completed all 5 of his long balls, won 6 of his 7 duels and had an 88% passing accuracy.
Luke Shaw – 6.5/10
A common occurance these days, Shaw was a reliable attacking outlet down the left hand side, having been given plenty of space out there.
Scott McTominay – 5.5/10
McTominay had a quiet game, but he did well to retain posession and keep the ball moving, with a 90% passing accuracy and winning 3 ground duels.
Fred – 6/10
Like McTominay, Fred had a quiet game but was almost flawless with his passing and progression, and won 5 of his ground duels.Embed from Getty Images
Bruno Fernandes – 7/10
After a slightly quiet few weeks domestically, Fernandes was back firing in the Premier League today. He was a creative spark throught the game and converted his penalty well to put United back in the game in the second half.
Mason Greenwood – 7.5/10
Greenwood has shown in 2021 that he can be depended on when United need him the most. Having scored the opener and also winner against Burnley a fortnight ago, he once again demonstrated his ever improving football intellegence by fooling Tyrone Mings before his goal. The goal was his only real main impact on the game, but it proved vital.
Marcus Rashford – 6.5/10
Providing the cross for Cavani’s goal, Rashford had an alright game, but he was best when he was playing on the left. He started up front, but playing there and on the right doesn’t suit his game as well as on the left. He played the whole game, which is why he will probably be rested for the game against Leicester City.
Paul Pogba – 8/10
Back on the left hand side, Paul Pogba ran the show for Manchester United today. He was creative, ruthless and pivotal in United’s comeback, doing well to win a penalty and overall showed his attacking creative flair once again.
Edinson Cavani – 7.5/10
Scoring for his 3rd game in a row, Cavani came on and showed the world why he is a top class striker. In recent months he has been in sensational form, and this was shown once again with his lovelt deft header to finish off the game for United and see their unbeaten away streak continue.Embed from Getty Images
Eric Bailly – 6/10
Coming on to replace Maguire, Bailly did very well to cover for Lindelof when he was out-muscled, blocking Watkin’s powerful shot before it could trouble Henderson.
Nemanja Matic – 6/10
Matic came on to give United much needed stability in the 2nd half as Villa were really pushing for an equaliser, and his effect on the game gave United security to see the match through.